Cicilline, Langevin Host Roundtable Highlighting House Bills to Protect Health Care and Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

Friday, May 24, 2019

PROVIDENCE – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) and Congressman James Langevin (RI-02) hosted a roundtable today with Protect Our Healthcare RI and health care advocates from around the state to discuss legislation House Democrats have passed to strengthen protections for Rhode Islanders pre-existing conditions and drive down the cost of prescription drugs.


“Clearly, President Trump and Republicans didn’t get the message the American people were sending last November when they elected Democrats to the majority in the House,” Cicilline said. “President Trump has already sued to eliminate coverage for pre-existing conditions, and he took it a step further when he asked a federal court to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act. That can’t happen. That’s why the House has already passed multiple bills, including legislation I sponsored, to strengthen coverage for pre-existing conditions, expand upon the progress we made with the Affordable Care Act, and lower the costs of prescription drugs that people need to survive.”


“I had hoped that nine years after passage of the Affordable Care Act we would no longer need to fight to keep basic consumer protections like access to affordable health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions,” Langevin said. “Unfortunately, the Trump Administration is pulling out all the stops to undo the progress we’ve made under the Affordable Care Act. We need productive solutions to ease the burden of rising health care costs on Rhode Islanders.  I proudly voted for legislation to lower prescription drug costs and stop Republican efforts to go back to the days when a cancer diagnosis could make it impossible to get health coverage.”


Under Democratic Leadership, the House has passed bills to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, fight back against President Trump’s attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act, prevent states from pushing the most vulnerable in our communities onto junk health plans, and lowering the cost of prescription drugs by making sure that big pharmaceutical companies are playing by the rules.


Last week, the House passed Cicilline’s Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act, his bipartisan legislation to drive down prescription drug prices by putting an end to anticompetitive practices in the marketplace. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the CREATES Act will result in an estimated $3.9 billion net decrease in the federal deficit, and the savings for consumers and private insurers will likely be far greater.


Langevin supported House passage of the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act and will be introducing the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act, which will establish a reinsurance program to lower health care premiums.


Cicilline and Langevin heard today about Rhode Islanders’ health care priorities in Congress from representatives with Protect Our Healthcare RI, the RI Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Economic Progress Institute, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Newport County Community Mental Health Center, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Providence Community Health Centers, Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families, Rhode Island Community Action Association, Comprehensive Community Action, RI Organizing Project, The Oasis Wellness & Recover Centers of RI, Mental Health Recovery Coalition RI, Rhode Island Parent Information Network, and constituents who would be harmed by the President’s continued attempts to eliminate the protections in the Affordable Care Act. 



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